Woman Killed in Crash With Parked Santa Ana Police SUV

November 22, 2020 Updated: November 22, 2020

SANTA ANA (CNS)—A woman was killed and the driver of the car she was in was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, after the car crashed into a parked Santa Ana police SUV, a police corporal said Nov. 21.

The woman was publicly identified on Nov. 22 as Selina Resendiz Yanez, 25, of Santa Ana, according to Supervising Deputy Orange County Coroner Inez Chavez. She was the passenger in the crashed car and pronounced dead at Orange County Global Medical Center.

The two officers inside the SUV suffered some pain and were taken to an area hospital as a precaution, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.

The suspect was later identified as Jesus Emmanuel Perez of Santa Ana, Bertagna said.

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A Santa Ana Police Department SUV shows significant damage after a car driven by a man suspected of DUI crashed into it in Santa Ana, Calif., on Nov. 20, 2020. (Courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Department)

The crash occurred at 11:20 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the 1300 block of North Lowell Street, he said. The officers were clearing the scene of a trespassing call when a Honda going eastbound crashed head-on into their marked police SUV, which was parked, he said.

The woman inside the civilian vehicle was rushed to Orange County Global Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries, he said. Perez was booked at the Santa Ana Jail, Bertagna said.

The Santa Ana Police Department’s Collision Investigations Unit (CIU) is handling the investigation. Anyone possibly having information about this collision is asked to contact Inv. N. Guijarro at (714) 245-8284 or the Santa Ana Police Department’s Traffic Division at (714) 245-8200.